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About China

China’s cultural heritage is among the most ancient in human history, and its cultural diversity is as rich as the country is vast.

It spans from the cold, northern steppe along the Russian border, south to the steamy, tropical jungles along the Laos border; and from the China Sea in the east to the towering peaks of the Tibetan Plateau in the west. China today stands between the newly embraced, cutting-edge-modern world and a world that has remained virtually unaltered for hundreds of years. We carefully craft our adventures in China so as to avoid the crowds in this most populous of all countries. Join us on an unforgettable, private journey as we explore the riches of China.

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Thomson Experiences in China

With a cultural heritage as ancient and rich as its lands are vast, China stands today between the newly embraced, cutting-edge, modern world and a world that has remained virtually unaltered for hundreds of years.
Explore the world behind- yet far beyond- your favorite Chinese restaurant. Meals in China are not just about eating; they are part of the social fabric. Learn from local chefs about the sourcing of ingredients, the preparation, presentation, and the essential role of the meals themselves.

Traveling the world with your family is like sharing a box filled with presents. The box is the world itself and the presents are the bonds that form through the experiences we share, and the perspective, patience, understanding, and tolerance we gain from expanding our horizons and seeing how other people live. There is no greater gift.

Favorite Properties

In various destinations around the world, we have highlighted examples of exceptional accommodations that set new standards for aesthetics and responsible tourism. These properties reflect our own company values by emphasizing community involvement and the preservation of cultural heritage, protection of natural resources, and sustainability, both in practice and design. They also combine outstanding comfort and service, natural beauty, and functionality. Where you stay along the way can greatly enhance any journey. Options abound, but these are some of our favorites.

NUO Hotel

NUO Hotel


An extraordinary fusion of contemporary design and Ming Dynasty artistry, and of culture, technology, and sophisticated sustainability... this 5-star hotel reflects a commitment to showcase traditional Chinese culture. Its 438 guest rooms strive to achieve a perfect balance of simplicity, comfort, and peacefulness. Certified with a gold-level LEED rating standard, eco-features include intelligent lighting, and a sophisticated air-purification system.

Six Senses

Six Senses


Responsible luxury hallmarks this exceptional resort, situated in the exquisitely scenic Qing Cheng Mountain region. Balancing the timeless architectural components of area villages and temples with state-of-the-art comfort and amenities, the accommodations offer an airy serenity, garden-view bathtubs, and
daybeds on the verandahs. The award-winning Six Senses Spa treatments are inspired by the purity of Taoism, born in the surrounding Chengdu Plains.

Banyan Tree

Banyan Tree


The mystical limestone mountains of the southern Yangshuo region and its poetic Li River provide the backdrop for this luxurious hotel, built in traditional courtyard style. Decorated with bamboo and dark woods, mosaics and ink wash paintings, and furnished with classic Chinese pieces, each spacious suite and villa offers stunning views.

No journey carries one far unless it goes an equal distance into the world within.
-Lillian Smith